I simply had to repost a couple of photos from Spaceflight Now, documenting a might-have-been: a dress rehearsal for military space shuttle launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. [squee] It’s a SPACE SHUTTLE!! On a LAUNCH PAD!! In CALIFORNIA!!!!!11!1! Check out all their photo spreads (there are SEVEN), it’s quite a sight! Added bonus: it’s the space shuttle Enterprise. ♥
The space shuttle Enterprise stands fully assembled with its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters atop America’s West Coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The prototype orbiter was stacked at Space Launch Complex 6 in 1985 to practice procedures and check out the newly constructed pad for the Air Force’s planned military space shuttle missions to polar orbit.